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Rocky Mountain Balloon Ride

Lake George, CO

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Your true mountain balloon adventure begins at sunrise amidst the crisp clean air and deep blue skies of South Park Valley located high in the central Colorado Rockies! 

  • FAA Certified Pilots have over 60 years of combined hot air ballooning experience
  • Take in the stunning views of the Colorado Rockies
  • Provider featured on The Today Show and MSNBC's Great Escapes
  • Enjoy a continental breakfast and traditional champagne toast upon landing!

Launch site is 1 hour south of Breckenridge, CO

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Mid-May through October:
Daily- Sunrise

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Essential Information
  • Participants must be between 5 and 80 years old
  • For safety reasons pregnant women and people on supplemental oxygen or who have trouble breathing at high altitudes cannot fly
  • Individually wrapped snacks are offered upon arrival at the launch site
  • Post flight traditional ballooning ceremony includes your choice of champagne, mimosas or sparkling cider
  • Continental breakfast includes individually wrapped snacks such as muffins
The experience will take a total of 3 hours once you arrive at the launch site, with approximately 1 hour of flight time.
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Maximum Participants
You will be accompanied by other tour participants, with a maximum of 12 per balloon. For groups larger than 4 please contact Virgin Experience Gifts directly for pricing.
This experience is for booked participants only.
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your experience provider. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To Wear
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions. Sunglasses and a hat are recommended. Please do not wear sandals or open-toe shoes. Athletic shoes and socks recommended.

For this experience, our partners are taking added measures to ensure that they help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. Our partners are providing hand sanitizer on site and providing gloves for those who wish to wear them. They kindly asking that all guests please bring and wear their own face mask for the duration of their experience. Those without masks will not be permitted to board their flight. These Covid-19 safety measures are subject to change.

Why are the flights sunrise only?
The flights take place only at sunrise because that's the only time of the day in Colorado when the winds are calm and stable enough for safe ballooning.
What is the meeting time in the morning?
The exact meeting time varies throughout the season depending on the time of sunrise. However, it is usually between 5:30 AM and 7:00 AM. The actual meeting time will be given at the time of your reservation.
How does if feel to fly in a balloon?
It can be characterized as surreal. There is no sense of motion as the basket hangs motionless in the air mass in which it is suspended.
Is it cold in the air?

Actually, at sunrise it is not uncommon for it to be slightly warmer in the air than on the ground due to a temperature inversion at that time of the day.

How far/high do we fly?

Because ballooning is 100% weather dependent no two flights are identical. Typically, our flights take us from the treetops up to several thousand feet and travel approximately 2-10 miles. Our highest flight has taken us over 7,000 feet above ground level.

How do you steer a balloon?
The only way to steer a balloon is by finding different wind directions at different altitudes. Our pilots are specifically trained for mountain flying and are extremely skilled at navigating the balloon.
Are the pilots certified?

Yes! The pilots are commercially licensed with thousands of hours of mountain flying experience. They are also fully insured, and all of the equipment is inspected and certified in accordance with FAA guidelines.

Can I bring my camera?
Yes! Cameras and video cameras are welcome.
How do hot air balloons work?
Hot air balloons rise because the air inside the balloon is warmer than the surrounding air and the resulting pressure differentials produce an upward lift.

Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days. All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.
Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference. If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Rescheduling is allowed up to 7 days prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 7 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your experience provider.

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